The Fisherman’s Village redevelopment will create a “destination place” for families, children and visitors, and bring it back to life, said architect Jack Hollander of Jack Hollander & Associates and Tom Pashaie. Pashaie, his brother, Michael Pashaie, and David Taban of Pacific Ocean Management are the Fisherman’s Village leaseholders.

The redevelopment project is currently in a design review process, and it will be approximately two years before demolition of Fisherman’s Village begins, with the exception of the lighthouse, Hollander told members of the Marina Affairs Committee of the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, May 2nd.

“We’re developing a major plaza area with the lighthouse being the focal point, to allow a people’s gathering place,” said Hollander.

People won’t just come to shop, but to gather together, dine and enjoy the ambiance of being near the water, Hollander said.

A 28-foot-wide promenade area would frame the waterfront and it would be almost twice as long as the original promenade.

The buildings would be “beautiful all the way around,” with plazas and corridors, and there would be an amphitheater in the center of the development, Hollander said.

“We hope to hold summer and other concerts, and possibly a fireworks display if we can get the county’s permission,” said Hollander.

Upscale retail shops, with a small high-end hotel above retail shops, a restaurant, a food court and outside dining, possibly a jewelry store, an art gallery and other amenities are proposed for the new Fisherman’s Village, according to Hollander.

Children would have a special play area with a merry-go-round where they can play and have fun, and the area would be supervised, Hollander said.

The boat berths would remain, with larger boats moved away from the dock to enhance the view.

Local boaters would be able to dock their dinghies to enjoy dining or shopping, and a water taxi would be available, said Hollander.

“Fisherman’s Village was built over 40 years ago, and we began this project in 1998 to revamp the property and the approval process has involved multiple agencies,” said Tom Pashaie.

The new Fisherman’s Village would encompass 56,000 square feet — 22,000 square feet more than the existing area — with a Venetian style that would maintain the “Marina look,” said Hollander.

The current three-acre parking lot that is leased from the county would be included in the redevelopment of buildings, dining areas and other uses.

A four-story, less than 45-foot-high parking structure would be mostly subterranean, with underground and at-grade parking available for over 800 cars, said Hollander.

Hollander said that the project is designed with layered corridors and plazas as gathering areas, and clear glass is to provide a sense of openness.

We are looking at the possibility of getting a boat dealer in the area, said Pashaie in response to a question about marine-oriented commerce in the redeveloped Fisherman’s Village.

Existing commercial passenger ships would also have kiosks here, said Hollander.

Shanghai Red’s restaurant would not be affected because it is on a separate leasehold.

(See site plans on page 10 and page 11.)